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Schumann: Complete Symphonic Works, Vol. 3 - Cello Concerto; Symphony No. 2 (2nd version) / Oren Shevlin, cello; Koln SO

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129
>Schumann, Robert : Symphony no 4 in D minor, Op. 120
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Audite is delighted to present the third volume of the complete orchestral works by Robert Schumann. This series comprises all the symphonies (including both versions of the Fourth Symphony in D minor) as well as all the overtures and concertos. Featuring the Cello Concerto and the second version of the D minor Symphony, this CD presents two major works that Schumann composed and revised during his time as music director in Duesseldorf. In both works, the movements of the classical model merge into one another without interruption. By transforming themes and musical codes he creates a stream of thought and coherence akin to the course of a narration or abstract theatre. His original version of the D minor Symphony of 1841 was pioneering in its literarisation of musical form. When he began revising it in 1851, the first Symphonic Poems of Franz Liszt had been performed: they aspired to a greater fusion of music and literature. In his revision of the D minor Symphony, Schumann discreetly reinforced the traditional symphonic elements of the work. The obvious references to Mendelssohn in his Cello Concerto suggest that he regarded multi-part forms as "narrations without words", or as "bigger siblings" of the "songs without words". According to Schumann, neither genre required explanation via a literary programme. The original version of the D minor Symphony is included in the first volume of this series. Both versions, whose relationship remains an object of divisive discussion to the present day, can therefore be compared to one another. Holliger's interpretations draw on a life-long study of Schumann's oeuvre, thought, personality and fate. Holliger's approach imparts lightness and lucidity to these opulent scores thanks to a hierarchical balance of parts, delicately graded dynamics and invigorating tempi. The widespread image of this romantic composer as a weak orchestrator is thus refreshingly rectified.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
This is Volume 3 of Schumann's complete Symphonic Works on Audite. These two works make a nice combination, since they share a formal structure that connects the movements in a subtle and satisfying way. Both are in minor keys and share a depth of feeling that make them two favorites of mine. Shevlin is a fine cellist, principal in this orchestra since 1998. He gives a friendly, sensitive reading of this great concerto. Holliger conducts that and the symphony with style, taking all the repeats in the symphony.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Köln, Philharmonie (04/08/2013-04/11/2013).



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Works Details

>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129
  • Performer: Oren Shevlin (Cello)
  • Conductor: Heinz Holliger
  • Ensemble: WDR Sinfonieorchester Koln
  • Notes: Köln, Philharmonie (04/08/2013-04/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1850

>Schumann, Robert : Symphony no 4 in D minor, Op. 120
  • Conductor: Heinz Holliger
  • Notes: Köln, Philharmonie (04/08/2013-04/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1841